Oct/Nov 2017


David Gonski
David Gonski AC
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
Ian Narev

Ian Narev
Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Led by David Gonski AC, Chairman of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group, and Ian Narev, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a group of 46 Australian senior business and academic leaders visited numerous businesses and academic and cultural locations to learn about Israel’s exceptional eco-system of innovation and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on cyber-security and education.

The mission was held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Light Horse Charge, and delegates also attended the Battle of Beersheva commemoration ceremony and visited the new ANZAC Museum.



I couldn’t have hoped for a better first trip to Israel, or a better group of people to travel with. On top of the incredible scenery and locations, the conversations I had whilst sitting on buses, waiting in lines, visiting businesses or socialising during and after dinner were the gel that made the trip so enjoyable.
Matthew Lunn

Partner, Banking & Capital Markets - PwC Australia

As a first time visitor to Israel I was moved by the history, excited about the tech industry, enjoyed the hospitality and camaraderie of our group
Well done AICC and thank you!
Brett Kelly

CEO & Founder, Kelly+Partners

I really didn’t know what to expect from my first AICC tour. I had an idea that we would see brilliant new technology, hear from great innovators and speak to well informed subject matter leaders. What really surprised me was the pragmatic approach to solving major world problems and the need for patience and resilience. This indeed was a great learning. All of this took place in an extremely well organised and well led expedition by the AICC. I look forward to my next visit.
David Spence

Chairman, PayPal AUSTRALIA